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Fall 2013

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Table of Contents: Fall 2013

From the Dean's Perspective

With each passing fall I am reminded that it is about our students, their future, and their stewardship of our natural resources and the environment.

College News

Industry Donations Benefit Packaging Program

    Ribbon Cutting Esko-Graphics

Packaging students have access to state-of-the-art equipment and software thanks to industry donations.

Team Wins National Master Plan Design Competition

Casey Trees is a Washington, D.C.-based nonprofit organization committed to restoring, enhancing, and protecting the tree canopy of the nation’s capital.

Two Colleges Team Up for Study Abroad in Nepal

Faculty and students from the college joined with others from the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences to spend their winter break trekking through the Himalayas.

NSF Partnership Grant Expands Geospatial Education

The rapid growth of location-based applications and services has increased demand for technicians with skills in the acquisition and analysis of spatial data.

Starting Young!

Over 100 first-graders from Christiansburg Primary School visited campus last spring to learn about natural resources and agriculture.

Faculty Briefs

College Bids Farewell to Suzie Leslie

Since first joining the college in 1994 to her retirement in March 2013, Suzie Leslie guided countless students from freshman orientation to graduation.

Alumni Awards for Excellence

Two of the college’s employees were recognized with 2013 Alumni Awards for Excellence.

Fraser Receives Mitchell A. Byrd Award

Fraser has taught wildlife management, conservation biology, and endangered species management at Virginia Tech for 32 years.

Smith Heads Sustainable Biomaterials Department

Robert “Bob” L. Smith, the college’s associate dean for engagement, has been named head of the Department of Sustainable Biomaterials.

Schwarz Leads World Aquaculture Society

Michael Schwarz serving as president of the World Aquaculture Society, an organization dedicated to the progressive and sustainable development of aquaculture


Conservation Management Institute Assesses Floodplain Forests for a Carbon Offset Project

Imagine a tropical rainforest that floods for three to five months each year, where villagers travel by boat to visit their neighbors. 

From Blacksburg to Milan: Geography Department’s Field Experience Enriches Undergraduates’ Education

Students are acquiring field experiences across the country and around the world, for government agencies, nonprofit organizations, and private corporations.

Student Notes

Wings Across the Americas Award

A U.S. Forest Service program that represents an integrated and collaborative approach to the conservation of our birds and bats, recognizes outstanding work by employees and their conservation partners.

Masser Manages Student Art Exhibit

Masser explored her artistic side by serving as an intern to Robin Boucher, curator of the Perspective Gallery in Squires Student Center. 

Burch Places in Woodworking Competition

Burch used a balance of modern and traditional methods to complete his entry, a handcrafted Shaker blanket chest.

Cadet Highlights Colors at Alabama Game

Cadets performing this honor are selected based on their performance during training.

Surprise Visit!

Meteorologist Jim Cantore of The Weather Channel visited Virginia Tech.

Research Spotlight

Famed Damascus Steel Holds Key to Future Advancements

Professor Barry Goodell’s recent research provides a link to Middle Age weaponry.

Novel Polymers Help Oral Medications Reach the Bloodstream

Professor Kevin Edgar of the Department of Sustainable Biomaterials has teamed up with Professor Lynne Taylor of Purdue University to identify, understand, and create new polymer additives that enhance the ability of orally administered drugs to reach the bloodstream.

Alexander Continues Research at the Human-Wildlife Interface

Researchers have previously identified leptospirosis — a disease transmitted to humans by animals — as a significant health threat in Botswana. This two-phase disease begins with flu-like symptoms but can cause meningitis, liver damage, pulmonary hemorrhage, renal failure, and even death if untreated.

Alumni Corner

Alumni Profile: Jay Pinsky — Retired Serviceman, Active Agent of Change

The lifelong outdoorsman wanted to develop his leadership skills, but after 20 years in the Navy, he was casting around for what he should do with the rest of his life.

In Memoriam: Charles “Ted” Bush

Bush began his professional forestry career as an area manager with Continental Can Co. Inc. in Warrenton, Ga., in 1966 after serving as an officer in the U.S. Army.

25th Anniversary

Celebrating 25 Years

    1992 through 2017, 25 years

Join us Sept. 15-16 to visit campus and reconnect with alumni, faculty, staff, and friends.

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